Ofxstatement is a tool to convert proprietary bank statement to OFX format,
suitable for importing to GnuCash. Package provides single command line tool to
ofxstatement -h to see basic usage description.
ofxstatement works under Python 3 and is not compatible with Python 2.
Most internet banking systems are capable of exporting account transactions to some sort of computer readable formats, but few supports standard data formats, like OFX. On the other hand, personal accounting tools, such as GnuCash support standard formats only, and will probably never support proprietary statement formats of online banking systems.
To bridge the gap between them, ofxstatement tool was created.
Mode of Operation
ofxstatement tool is intended to be used in the following workflow:
- At the end of each month, use your online banking service to export statements from all of your bank accounts to files in formats, known to ofxstatement.
ofxstatementon each exported file to convert it to standard OFX format. Shell scripts or Makefile may help to automate this routine.
- Import generated OFX files to GnuCash or other accounting system.
Installation and Usage
ofxstatement, you have to install plugin for your bank (or
write your own!). Plugins are installed as regular python eggs, with
easy_install or pip, for example:
$ pip3 install ofxstatement-lithuanian
Note, that ofxstatement itself will be installed automatically this way. After
ofxstatement utility should be available. You can check it
is working by running:
$ ofxstatement list-plugins
You should get a list of your installed plugins printed.
After installation, usage is simple:
$ ofxstatement convert -t <plugin> bank_statement.csv statement.ofx
statement.ofx is then ready to be imported to GnuCash or other
financial program you use.
There are several user-developed plugins available:
|ofxstatement-lithuanian||Plugins for several banks, operating in Lithuania: Swedbank, Danske and common Lithuanian exchange format - LITAS-ESIS.|
|ofxstatement-czech||Plugin for Poštovní spořitelna (
|ofxstatement-bubbas||Set of plugins, developed by @bubbas:
|banking.statements.osuuspankki||Finnish Osuuspankki bank|
|banking.statements.nordea||Nordea bank (at least Finnish branch of it)|
|ofxstatement-1822direkt||German bank 1822direk.com|
While ofxstatement can be used without any configuration, some plugins may
accept additional configuration parameters. These parameters can be specified
in configuration file. Configuration file can be edited using
command, that brings your favored editor with configuration file open:
$ ofxstatement edit-config
Configuration file format is a standard .ini format. Configuration is divided
to sections, that corresponds to
--type command line parameter. Each
section must provide
plugin option that points to one of the registered
conversion plugins. Other parameters are plugin specific.
Sample configuration file:
[swedbank] plugin = swedbank [dabske:usd] plugin = litas-esis charset = cp1257 currency = USD account = LT123456789012345678
Such configuration will let ofxstatement to know about two statement file
format, handled by plugins
plugin will load statements using
cp1257 charset and set custom currency
and custom account number. This way, GnuCash will automatically associate
imported .ofx statement with particular GnuCash account.
To convert proprietary
danske.csv to OFX
$ ofxstatement -t danske:usd danske.csv danske.ofx
Note, that configuration parameters are plugin specific. See particular plugin documentation for more info.
Writing your own Plugin
If plugin for your bank is not yet developed (see Known plugins section above), you can easily write your own, provided some knowledge about python programming language. There is an ofxstatement-sample plugin project available, that provides sample boilerplate and describes plugin development process in detail.